Things to do in New Orleans

Discover all the things to do in New Orleans - from fun family activities, to culture and museums, tours and experiences. With the New Orleans Power Pass, make the most of this exciting city and see all there is to see. 

TOURS & CRUISES

The best way to see New Orleans is to explore the city on a tour. There are many New Orleans tours and cruises for you to enjoy, from bus tours, to paddlewheelers – and even power boats on the bayou! The Adventures in New Orleans Bus tour is a great way to see the sights of the city from your seat. Sit aboard the bus and listen to the fascinating tales of the town by a brilliant tour guide as you drive around the streets of the French Quarter, to the iconic Bourbon Street and Lafayette Square. If you dare, join in on one of the two swamp tours on offer; Cajun Pride Swamp Tours will power down the Manchac Swamp, or the Ultimate Swamp Adventures will take you down the natural water Segnette Bayou. If you’d rather something more iconic jump aboard the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler for a cruise down the Mississippi River and explore the Chalmette Battlefield while you’re there.

FAMILY ATTRACTIONS

If you’re visiting New Orleans with the kids, there is plenty for them to see and do to keep them entertained. One of the best things to do with the family in New Orleans is the Audubon complex of the Zoo, Aquarium, Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and Entergy Giant Screen Theater. The Entergy Giant Screen Theater provides one of the best experiences with big screens and big sounds and will transport you from your seats. Audubon Aquarium is one of the best of its kind in the US and from its stingray tanks to its underwater tunnels, it promises all manner of sea-life creatures! The New Orleans Zoo is worth a visit to see the rare white alligators, and the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is full of fascinating creepy crawlies and bugs.

SUGAR PLANTATIONS

One of the most significant parts of the history of New Orleans is its sugar industry and plantations. Today the old Plantations and Houses have been opened up for visitors to step inside and take a look at how they were once run and what life was like for both slave and master. San Francisco Plantation House is one of the most stunning plantations in New Orleans for its vibrant décor and period features. Oak Alley Plantation is another stunning plantation, full of 300 year old oak trees set against the backdrop of the Mississippi River.

HISTORIC BUILDINGS

New Orleans’ French Quarter is perhaps one of the most famous districts in the city with its historic buildings dating back to the 18th century. Surrounding the iconic Jackson Square are the beautiful Pontalba Buildings, including 1850 House and the Cabildo, both in the recognisable antebellum style. The Historic New Orleans Collection encompasses some of the oldest buildings in the city, preserving the heritage and culture of the city in fascinating museums and displays. Longvue House and Gardens is also another of New Orleans most picturesque places to visit to see the Classical Revival style house and Country Place Era in all its glory.

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